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Green Lynx Spider (Peucetia viridans)


Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Green Lynx Spider



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The ferocious-looking Green Lynx Spider pounces on its insect prey, using camouflage to ensure a catch.



Updated: 08/24/2020; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
As its name might suggest, the Green Lynx Spider is a bright green spider of the Lynx spider family. Appearing an almost leaf-greenish shade, the species is further complimented by orange on the legs and black dots on a gray coloring as well. The abdomen contains chevron-looking shapes to further distinguish the species. A hexagonal cluster of eyes sit at the apex on the head. All eight legs are covered in long black spines, or spikes. Lynx spiders, like the feline namesake, are able to jump a distance in order to capture insect prey. Movements are quick, agile, and precise. They do not spin webs for ensnaring it. They do, however, use a silk dragline to catch something at a distance and pull it closer. As with many other species of spider, the female is larger than the male.

Green Lynx Spiders are traditionally found in southern states and are also a common sight throughout Mexico. Natural environments for the Green Lynx Spider includes open fields, especially those with tall, grassy surroundings. Females will attach fertilized eggs in a silken sac to these tall, reedy grasses. The egg sac may look more like a tiny, smashed golf ball with spiky parts poking out, not a smooth sphere. The mother aggressively guards her egg sac until the spiderlings hatch. Offspring immediately start hunting for their own first meals.




Known Diet of the Green-Lynx-Spider



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General Characteristics
Capability, Shape, Texture/Pattern, Benefits, Dangers
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Taxonomic Hierarchy
Species Breakdown
Kingdom: Animalia
  Phylum: Arthropoda
    Class: Arachnida
      Order: Araneae
        Family: Oxyopidae
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          Genus: Peucetia
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            Species: viridans
Identifying Information
Size, Colors, Features
Scientific Name: Peucetia viridans
Other Name(s): Lynx Spider
Category: Spider
Size (Adult; Length): 12mm to 16mm (0.47" to 0.62")
Colorwheel Graphic Colors: green, white, yellow, black, orange
Descriptors: spikes, hair, lime, pattern, biting
Relative Size Comparison
Typical Range Between 12mm and 16mm
Lo: 12mm
Md: 14mm
Hi: 16mm
Territorial Map*
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* MAP NOTES: The territorial heat map above showcases (in red) the states and territories of North America where the Green Lynx Spider may be found (but is not limited to). This sort of data is useful when attempting to see concentrations of particular species across the continent as well as revealing possible migratory patterns over a species' given lifespan. Some insects are naturally confined by environment, weather, mating habits, food resources and the like while others see widespread expansion across most, or all, of North America. States/Territories shown above are a general indicator of areas inhabited by the Green Lynx Spider. Insects generally go where they please, typically driven by diet, environmental changes, and / or mating habits.

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